Oatmeal Bath Recipe

Homemade oatmeal bath with lavender and chamomile for dry, problem skin

This super-nourishing homemade oatmeal bath recipe will soothe and moisturize dry, irritated or problem skin.

Oatmeal, chamomile and lavender help reduce dryness, itchiness and inflammation - a winner for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and extreme acne.

This is also a good bath product to use if you (or your kids) have a sunburn or a rash. Keep in mind that serious burns and rashes should see a doctor.

Oatmeal is great for any type of itchiness because it soothes irritated skin while drawing out toxins.

In addition to helping rejuvenate your skin, this gentle aromatherapy bath recipe calms your nerves, quiets your mind and makes you pleasantly drowsy - the perfect choice for a pre-bedtime bath!

Homemade Oatmeal Bath Recipe


2 cups Rolled Oats

3 tablespoons Chamomile flowers

3 tablespoons Lavender flowers

4 drops Chamomile essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Palmarosa essential oil



Use your blender or clean coffee grinder to grind the oats to a coarse powder. Combine them in a large bowl with the chamomile and lavender flowers.


Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the mixture. Use a stainless steel spoon to gently stir everything together.


Place the herbal bath tea mixture in a dark glass or PET plastic jar.


Cap the jar and let it sit for at least 24 hours before using to let the aroma 'cure' (longer is better.)

How To Use your Oatmeal Bath Recipe

To use your homemade oatmeal bath, scoop a few spoonfuls into a small organza or muslin drawstring bag. Fill about half full - it will expand in the water.

If you don't have a bag, put a few spoonfuls into the center of a square of double thickness cheesecloth, pull the edges together and tie it closed with a string.

To get the most benefit from your aromatherapy bath recipe, boil a kettle of water, then steep the bag in a bowl of very hot water for 10 minutes or so. (Yes, you're making herbal tea for your bath!)

Pour the liquid into your bathwater BEFORE YOU GET IN then check the temperature to make sure the bath water is not too hot. Drop the herbal bag in the water, slide in and relax for 20 minutes.

Rub the bag over your skin - it will feel slippery. This is the mucilage from the oats, and it's extremely nourishing for your skin. It also helps reduce redness and itching.

For a truly luxurious bath, add a tablespoon of aromatherapy carrier oil to extra-moisturize your skin.

Dry off without rinsing, and lock in moisture with a good body lotion. In fact, why not also try making your own yummy Peppermint Body Lotion Recipe. It's well worth the effort!

Buying Essential Oils

There's so much more to essential oils than meets the eye. Their molecules are so tiny that they absorb deep into your body in a matter of moments.

If the essential oil you buy is filled with additives (to "stretch" the scent) and fragrance boosters, those potentially harmful ingredients are also absorbed straight into your body. Not ideal!

For instance, my mom and I get instant headaches with most kinds of lavender oil. That's because of the extra "lavender" scent that's added to make it smell stronger. But when it's pure lavender - nothing else - no headaches.

I've used many brands over the last 12 years or so and what I know for sure is, you get what you pay for. So I recommend buying the highest quality essential oils you can afford.

Here's how I break it out...

doTerra for highest quality. You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount.

Mountain Rose for quality on a budget. Plus they have all the other ingredients you'll need for your aromatherapy recipes, like the petals, jars and muslin bags for this oatmeal bath recipe.

Amazon for variety and selection. Please remember to buy the best oils you can afford - there's a lot of cheap oils in the marketplace, and they just won't give you the experience you're looking for.

What Next?

Click on the links below for more easy bath and body recipes and have fun making your own sweet, rejuvenating homemade bath products!

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Bath & Body Oil Recipes

Nourish your body on more than one level. While the essential oils help your nervous system release tension from the inside, the carrier oils hydrate and soften your skin on the outside.

Milk Bath Recipes

Milk removes dead skin cells and softens skin. It also nourishes and smooths, so it's especially good for dry skin or skin that seems to have lost its vitality.

Hydrating Peppermint Lotion

This easy homemade body lotion recipe makes a cool, creamy moisturizer that refreshes and soothes hot, thirsty skin.

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